Eleazar supports proposal to give more benefits to single parents

Eleazar supports proposal to give more benefits to single parents

By Tracy Cabrera

MANILA — Senatorial aspirant Guillermo Eleazar is pushing for measures that would allow the giving of benefits to sectors that are in dire need of assistance such as solo parents who have to cope up not only with the problem of being undermanned in their homes but also face employment problems since most private firms prefer single or unencumbered with children’s care and responsibilities.

In this regard, the Partido Reporma candidate Guillermo Eleazar expressed full support to a proposal of amending the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000 and expanding its range of benefits and coverage to mitigate the plight of solo parents who often face problems of unemployment and source of income to uphold the needs of their siblings.

“Alam naman nating mahirap ang kalagayan ng mga single parent o yaong mga magulang na nagso-solo sa pag-aaruga ng kanilang mga anak. Maaaring iniwan sila o hiniwalayan ng kani-kanilang asawa at dahil nga sa may dinadalang problema ng pagpapalaki sa kanilang anak, madalas ay hindi sila natatanggap sa trabaho kaya talagang hirap sila at kailangan ng mga benepisyo mula sa ating pamahalaan,” the former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) pointed out.

“Makakabuti kung magagawa nating isabatas ang paraan para matulungan sila at todo supoirta ako sa pagbibigay benepisyo sa kanila dahil tunay ang kanilang pangangailangan para mabuhay ng maayos na isang bagay nakarapatan ng bawat nilalang na makamit mula sa gobyerno,” he added.

This came following the approval on the second reading of Senate Bill No. 1411 or the proposed Expanded Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2020.

According to a Senate Twitter post, the amendments to SBN 1411 include the requirement to submit a sworn affidavit declaring that the solo parent is not cohabiting with a partner or co-parent and has the custody and bears the sole parental responsibility for the child or children.

Under the proposal, a solo parent could be a guardian (who may be a relative) who takes care of the child or children of an overseas worker. In the previous bill, only the spouses of overseas workers are considered as solo parents.

SB No. 1411 also included grandparents, who have the sole parental responsibility for their grandchildren, guaranteeing that they who are also senior citizens are entitled to receive benefits both under the Expanded Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2020 and the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003.

(ai/mtvn)

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